daily update from John Bridge OBE DL

COVID-19 – What you can and can’t do until, and after, 4 July

As a reminder we have been asked to draw your attention to the government's updated Coronavirus outbreak FAQs, which outline what you can and can't do until Saturday 4 July. The details are here .
Further information on what you can and can’t do after 4 July can be found here .

Greater Anglia - timetable change and ongoing travel guidance

Greater Anglia are completing the final preparations for a further increase in timetabled services across their network from Monday 6 July. Full details of all timetables, advice on social distancing, face coverings, ticket offices, refund arrangements and other relevant information is available on their website .
They are also expecting to re-open all ticket offices from 6 July.

However, government guidance continues to be to avoid public transport wherever possible. The use of face coverings on public transport (including trains) is mandatory and they are asking customers to wear them in stations, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Customers are advised to spend as little time at stations as possible – buying tickets online or via the Greater Anglia app or using contactless payment at vending machines if they have to buy tickets at the station. Passengers should use the whole length of the platforms and trains, to ensure they are as spread-out as possible, and stand back to let people off the train before boarding.

They are also asking customers to try and travel outside the busiest times. To help with that request they are now publishing details of the busiest trains online. Customers can visit the website and see green, amber and red colour-coded alerts – green for less busy trains, up to red for those that are nearing capacity, so that passengers can choose a less busy train to travel on.

Thameslink and Great Northern Railways - Returning to work

To maintain social distance measures they are asking people to only use rail services if there is no other means of transport and to avoid peak hours if possible. They are monitoring the capacity on all services and at major stations and are happy to share this data with organisations if they would find it useful in helping to plan their return to work.

They have produced a guide for businesses which provides a summary of what they have done, following government guidelines, to make it safe to travel on their services and provide some key messages for employees if they need to travel on the services.

You can access the guide here  to help you and your employees plan your return to work and to contact if you have any queries or would like any further information.

Successful Global Trading  

In the current environment, it is essential to communicate sensibly, and effectively, with your clients and employees. At our virtual Export Club event tomorrow, from 4.00-5.00pm, Iwona Lebiedowicz, Director of PAB Languages Centre, will cover the importance of cultural awareness in your global communications and offer some tips and tricks to get your key messages right internationally. Click here to register. 


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